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Education questions

AMs discussed the pupil deprivation grant during education questions on 5 December 2012.

Peter Black AM asked whether Education Minister Leighton Andrews was happy that the English equivalent - the pupil premium grant - was being given extra funding while the pupil deprivation grant wasn't.

Mr Andrews said in reply that the amount that pupils were receiving in England was misleading because the pupil deprivation grant was being used to plug the gap caused by cuts in funding in other areas of education.

Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies asked whether the education minister would keep an open mind in future dealings with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Leighton Andrews AM cancelled his consultation on the planned dissolution of the university after a war of words between his department and the university which wanted to remain an independent institution.

The education minister replied that higher education funding was a matter for Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Plaid Cymru Spokesperson Simon Thomas welcomed Huw Evans' qualifications review report which was released earlier in the day, and asked whether Mr Andrews accept its recommendations to create a new qualifications body.

Mr Andrews referred Mr Thomas to a statement he'd issued earlier, in which he'd expressed his full support to the review's findings.

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert answered questions relating to apprenticeships.

During the debate many AMs congratulated Mr Andrews for winning ITV's politician of the year award.

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